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Frankenstein (1910)

Unrated  |   |  Short, Fantasy, Horror  |  18 March 1910 (USA)
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »

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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée but on his wedding night he is visited by the monster. A fight ensues but the monster, seeing himself in a mirror, is horrified and runs away. He later returns, entering the new bride's room, and finds her alone. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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This is one of the only Frankenstein films where the monster is truly created. All Frankenstein films that followed assembled body parts from various corpses to make the monster. In this film, Frankenstein uses chemicals and "potions" to create the monster. The "creation" scene was made by filming a monster-dummy burning, and then playing the footage backwards. See more »

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One of Edison's Flashes of Brilliance
18 July 2006 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The output of the Edison movie studio was for the most part pretty mundane, but with occasional flashes of intuitive brilliance, as in The Great Train Robbery, for instance. Their 1910 adaptation of Frankenstein was one of those flashes, a truly remarkable film for its time. The one-reeler covers Frankenstein's creation of a misshapen monster who subsequently haunts him and his fiancée. Unlike later films, this monster is formed out of a huge vat of primordial goo in a scene that must have been incredible in its day. It is achieved by filming a wax figure melting into the pot, and then reversing the action. But the movie's real stroke of genius is its very modern psychological approach to the spiritual link between the monster and its creator. Probably inspired by Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the movie uses some very carefully staged scenes with a full-length dressing mirror to suggest that the man and the monster are two aspects of the same person. The scariest thing about the movie, though, is how close we came to never being able to see it at all. For decades the only surviving copy was in the hands of a nutty film collector with a grossly exaggerated view of his property's financial, as opposed to historical, value. He sat on his print while it deteriorated, too paranoid to allow it to be seen by the public or preserved by any responsible film archive, for fear that "bootleg" copies would diminish the value of his unique possession. Only quite recently did more rational minds convince him to allow a professional preservation back-up to be made of the film and to authorize a DVD release for public viewing.


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